While studying women’s leadership and social entrepreneurship immersed in rich Indian culture this past summer, I gained a greater understanding of the social realities of India and an admiration for its people. Throughout my journey, I knew in the back of my mind that I wanted to find a way to alleviate some of the social realities faced in India, yet could not put my finger on what would be the best way to do so. I found that a common thread among many of my experiences was the importance and power of education. More specifically, my eyes were opened to the positive social changes that can be brought to India merely through educating young women. Because education was never something that I had given much thought to prior to my travels, this idea inspired me.
Once back in Seattle, my team and I have founded the Girl in Yellow Foundation to fulfill our desire to give back to India in what we believe is the most sustainable way possible. By working to raise awareness among our own peers at home and simultaneously being able to provide education for young women in India through scholarship, we hope to create a catalyst for change.
No contribution to this movement is too small! A relatively small sum of money in our own lives in America can make a world of difference for those in India. Together, we can provide education and thus brighter futures for each of these hopeful girls.
"It starts with one girl, then two, then three, then four. Then, a movement is started." These were the words of Manali Shah, one of the directors of SEWA, the Self Employed Women’s Association, when she first heard of our intentions to support the rural girls in India by funding their education.
Learn more about about GIY at www.girlinyellow.org
Thank you for helping us start a movement.